I guess the whole Mike and Sully aren’t friends thing is just too damn hard to swallow seeing as you know they’ll end up that way somehow. I did however, enjoy the origin of the friendship gone wrong between Mike and Randy/Randall (the chameleon villain from MONSTERS INC.), though they could have done a little more with it. Everything here plotwise just felt predictable and boring, and only remotely funny. I’m not saying the flick shouldn’t be geared toward kids, but damn, the first one came out like twelve years ago, so the kids that actually know what this is are probably in their twenties and would have benefitted from an edgier tone. I know I would have.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY isn’t trying overly hard to fool anyone, it’s a by the book cash grab using familiar faces that look good on lunch boxes and as stuffed animals at Toys R Us. There was no need whatsoever to see how or why these characters ended up working at Monsters Inc., or if and how they got along when they were younger. Newcomers Helen Mirren and Nathan Fillion were mildly amusing as the Dean (cool monster design) and head Frat Captain on campus, but all in all were wasted. On the positive side, the animation was stellar—everything from Sully’s fur to the moon rippling off the water, this looked damn good! Yet, unfortunately that’s not enough these days, and therefore, this one’s a letdown.
Blue Umbrella: A cute short presented in 3D. This actually was funny.
Deleted Scenes: There are four scenes that do nothing for the film, or for me, I can see why they were cut.
Campus Life: A look at how they decided to create the campus life for the film, and everything that went into the day to day prep.
Story School: Much like the featurette that came before it, we just get a bit more writing in the process. They should have just coupled them together.
Monthropology: We get the 411 on how they bring these bad boy monsters to life on a technical level. Cool stuff, but I kinda dig the mechanical aspects of this stuff.
Scare Games: Now this is cool. This scare games in the film inspired some real life shenanigans on set with the cast. Nathan Fillion had a hand in this I’m sure.
Welcome to MU: Our favorite monster mistress, Scanlon, gives us an introduction to the film.
Paths to Pixar: MU Edition: A resume checklist for some of Pixar’s animators. Not sure if it’s for bragging rights or just to show us what they’ve done, but here it is.
Music Appreciation: This one’s all about the film’s score, which was alright, but nothing noteworthy.
Scare Tactics: Animators act out some of the scare tactics we see in the movie. Kids might dig it.
Color and Light: Before and after bits from the movie through various scenes.
Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective: Like I said in the review, this flick looks stellar, and this featurette shows you how the magic happens.
Set Flythroughs: A tour of Monsters University. Yay.
Promo Picks/Art Galleries: Lots and lots of production stills.
Previews: There are lots of trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.